ACLU report says young and minority voters have more vote-by-mail ballots rejected
More Floridians are voting early by mail, but a greater percentage of the mail-in ballots cast by young people and people of color are rejected compared to ballots cast in person, a new study says. Why are they rejected? Mostly due to missing or mismatched signatures, says the “Vote-by-mail Ballots Cast in Florida” report, co-authored by the […]
What is going on in Amendment 6’s “Marsy’s Law”?
Who wouldn’t vote to give rights to crime victims? Voters must decide just that in November when they see “Marsy’s Law” (part of Amendment 6) on the ballot. Victims’ rights advocates say the law is overdue and necessary. Civil rights organizations say Marsy’s Law is not what it seems. Where Marsy’s Law comes from Tech […]
ACLU’s Howard Simon retiring after nearly half a century: “You blink, and the years go by.”
Howard Simon remembers when he was vice president of student government at the City College of New York and the organization received a telegram from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was 1965 and the letter urged students to join the civil rights leader and activists for a march from Selma to Montgomery, Al. Simon […]
LGBTQ community rocked by series of Florida murders
In the past five months, four transgender women of color and an African-American gay man – possibly tied to the same drag show touring circuit – have been murdered in Florida. The murders are spreading fear through the LGBTQ community, with activists banding together to demand more action from state leaders and from law enforcement. […]